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Above we have been discussing what might be called the ideal preliminary or premedical standard of education. Ideals are excellent, but actual practical life often has to fall far short of ideals. This may be said of the ideal preliminary training for the medical course—we can not yet make all would-be medical students realize the necessity of such an ideal education or force medical colleges to demand it. One thing is possible and essential, that is to fix a working minimum below which none can go, and then duly enforce this standard on all medical colleges. What appears to be a practicable and reasonable minimum at the present time is a good high school course, which must include a certain amount of Latin and living foreign languages.
There are, however, varying high school standards, and a high school diploma in one state or community represents a standard decidedly different from
THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.. JAMA. 1903;XLI(7):425-426. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04480040021008